Do You Know What Will be a Wellspring of Opportunities for Vets and Civilians Alike

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Whether you are leaving the overseas battlefield to enter the battleground of the modern American job search market, or you’ve never donned a military uniform but are preparing for one of the biggest fights of your life—the job search—2013 is predicted to be the year of the Energy Job. The employment outlook in 2013 looks positive for both veterans and civilians in the energy industry: Now, you just need to know the areas on which to zero in.

In particular, many military veterans arrive back on American soil and are left scratching their heads when asked about  their future careers. Especially in today’s still fledgling economy, it’s often hard for them to pinpoint where exactly to go. However, a recent survey from the Center for Energy Workforce Development revealed that almost 62 percent of energy industry workers likely will be leaving or retiring from the industry over the next decade—and that number will already reach 36 percent by 2015, in just two years.

The good thing for veterans is that specific industries such as the oil and gas industries in North America can use their transferrable skills while awarding pretty hefty salaries. For instance, salaries in 2012 in the oil and gas industries reached $94,703 on average, according to a salary survey from Rigzone. Ex-military individuals easily can assume leadership positions in these energy areas in addition to working as security specialists, maintenance technicians, engineers, line workers and plant operators.

In addition, for both veterans and civilians alike, a particularly surprising yet booming aspect of today’s energy economy is solar energy. Even though solar energy appeared to dip in profitability toward the end of 2012, experts say that the solar power field will witness strong job growth in 2013. Why? More solar providers now can afford to develop solar projects due to the decreasing costs of solar photovoltaic panels, which stems from the overproduction of these parts during the past two years.

As you peer into the future, expect an influx of solar energy jobs both nationally and globally, and don’t expect solar panel prices to drop as heftily this year as they did in 2011 and 2012, experts say.

By YaShekia King

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